Well, after almost a month of frustration and rest, today I was finally able to run 5km again without pain. I’ve still not got much idea of what’s happened, and i’m going to take it easy on the training over the next few weeks, but the good news is that right now, i’m pain free and have booked my flights for the Edinburg Marathon, so – it’s happening!
I have tons of travel coming up so i’m going to be training from sub-obtimal level in strange cities, which could prove a challenge. Tomorrow, I leave for Frankfurt for a week – lets hope I can find a decent route in the city centre to keep things moving along!
Edinburgh Marathon have released the route map for this years course – and I have to say, it feels kind of scary. What I really don’t like about it is that you run past the finish point at the 9 mile mark… that’s going to be a huge psychological challenge to push myself to run another 14 miles! But, it’s time to focus on ramping my training – my original plan was to be doing 21km practice runs twice a week at this point and now I’m celebrating running just 5km! Long way to go!
After last weeks setback, I decided to rest up for a week and then give running another try. I switched my everyday shoes for more comfortable ones, and the pain quickly subsided so I was confident that a run today would be no problem.
How wrong I was. I was fast, my pace felt great but just after the 4.5km mark on my 5km route, the pain was back. The exact same pain that held me up last week. I hobbled back home ready to scream at someone or something – such a frustrating feeling.
So, off to orthopedics tomorrow to try and figure out what’s going on. My guess is a hairline/stress fracture, which could put an end to the marathon hopes. From what I read, the advice is 8-10 weeks of rest. I have 10 weeks till marathon day.
Well, I was hoping to make a post today boasting about being half way through the month and how awesome that feels. Unfortunately I can’t do that, because yesterday 3.3km into my daily 5km, I had to stop. My foot was just too painful.
On Saturday I ran an amazing 21km practice run – 1h54mins, with a real buzz afterwards. But it seems like somewhere between that and the next day I hit a wall.
Today, I’ve been hobbling around and had to cycle to and from work since walking the 1.5km was just going to be too painful. But things are starting to improve – the pain is easing off and I’m resting it as much as possible. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll at least be able to walk normally!
I’m not giving up on the goal of 5km per day though – just postponing it for now!